WestJet: Pilots get a 24% pay hike

WestJet: Pilots get a 24% pay hike

WestJet: Pilots have a 24% salary increase

WestJet pilots set to get 24% pay raise over four years, according to The Canadian Press.

WestJet pilots are set to get a 24% wage increase over four years under a tentative agreement between the company and the union.

According to the summary of the tentative agreement obtained by The Canadian Press, pilots will receive a retroactive 15.5% hourly wage increase this year on January 1, when the agreement is ratified.

It also provides a cumulative increase of 8.5% in their hourly wage over the remainder of the contract, from 2024 to 2026.

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Bernard Lewall, who heads the WestJet contingent of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) union, said last Friday after the deal was struck principle, that the union had achieved its main goals of improving pay, job security and work-life balance.

According to aviation expert Rick Erickson, the agreement marks a new normal for labor negotiations in Canadian aviation and could also complicate pilot retention for low-cost airlines price.

The negotiations concluded last week, a few hours before a possible strike, Friday morning. WestJet had by then already canceled more than 230 flights in anticipation of the possible work stoppage.